The Barcelona center back believes the team must convert its strong performances into silverware as it looks to challenge for three trophies this season.
Gerard Pique says Barcelona’s strong season and Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain will mean nothing if the club fails to pick up any major trophies this season.
A Luis Suarez double and a Neymar strike saw the Catalans overcome the French side 3-1 in Paris in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie.
Luis Enrique’s men are also sitting top of La Liga and will face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey in a season that has been a massive improvement on last year, in which it failed to pick up a major trophy. But Pique believes that the strong performances are pointless if the club cannot get any silverware out of them.
“This will mean nothing if we don’t get any titles at the end of the season. There is still much work to be done and so much of the season still to go,” Pique said. “Coming to Paris and getting the win is a great thrill for us. We lost 3-2 in the group stage here and it has been a different experience tonight. But the tie is not decided yet.
“We are very confident on the back of the results we have been earning this season. We are aware of how difficult it is to have a chance in three different competitions. But we can’t have a rest this Saturday against Valencia. It is so hard to keep going, but it is a challenge we can face.”
The win over Laurent Blanc’s men comes just a few days after the Blaugrana squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in La Liga.
And the Spanish center back says that the experience in Seville helped to ensure that Barca was 100 percent focused at the Parc des Princes and will remain so for the second leg.
“We have all learned a little bit. We had a lead against Sevilla and then they pulled one back and we let the game slip away. Today we played a better game and we have the result,” he told reporters after the game. “We have the tie in our hands but we need to give our best next Tuesday and try to win again.”